Scientists from Europe, the USA and Mexico have made an astonishing discovery in the northeastern Yucatan peninsula.

The Ox Bel Ha cave system has provided some remarkable insights into how ecosystems work. Amongst the things found are certain bacteria that feed on methane to form the basis of the entire food system.

According to Newsweek, researchers have found that the methane is not only used for food by bacteria, but also by some other species too. One species of shrimp was found to get 21 percent of its food from methane.

According David Brankovits, the lead author of the report from the Texas A&M University in Galveston:

“Finding that methane and other forms of mostly invisible dissolved organic matter are the foundation of the food web in these caves explains why cave-adapted animals are able to thrive in the water column in a habitat without visible evidence of food.”

Researchers with the project said the information they have learned will help them better understand other isolated underwear ecosystems around the world.

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Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life!

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